More and more people depend on the Internet for different needs, including television show viewing. Thus, it is not surprising that the number of subscribers to companies like Netflix has also been increasing.
Netflix is a U.S.-based provider of on-demand streaming television network service to a number of countries. It has more than 30 million subscribers and it plans to compete with television networks and cable television providers. It is on its way of realizing its goal of making television ratings obsolete. Some of its TV shows such as Hemlock Grove, House of Cards, and Arrested Development have even earned Primetime Emmy Award nominations for the category original online only web television.
Here are the 10 most watched television series on Netflix.
10. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
This 2005 television series follows a group of young, wicked, and underachiever friends. The group runs a dilapidated Irish bar in South Philadelphia called Paddy’s Pub. The friends are known for their slightly arrogant attitudes, dishonesty, selfishness, big egos, greed, ignorance, unethical behavior, pettiness, and laziness. The group is not so solid as the friends often plot against each other and even use blackmail to manipulate each other.
9. Fawlty Towers
Fawlty Towers is a 1975 British television sitcom produced by BBC Television. It was written by the then married John Cleese and Connie Booth who both starred in the show.
The TV show is set in a fictional hotel called Fawlty towers located in Torquay, a seaside town on the English Riviera. The plot focuses on its major characters: the rude, abused, and tense hotel owner Basil Fawlty played by Cleese, his bossy wife called Sybil played by Prunella Scales, the hapless Spanish waiter named Manuel played by Andrew Sachs, and the comparatively normal chambermaid called Polly played by Booth. The story revolves around the attempts of the characters to run the hotel despite the silly situations they face, coupled with their weird and demanding guests.
8. House of Cards
House of Cards is a 2013 American political drama series produced and developed by Beau Willimon. It was adapted from a prior BBC mini-series of the same title. The story is based on the novel written by Michael Dobbs. The first season was released in 2013 and the second season is currently on production.
This 60-minute show tells the story of a congressman who connives with his equally scheming wife to take revenge on the people who have betrayed them. It stars Kate Mara, Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, and Michael Gill.
7. Twilight Zone
Twilight Zone is a 1959 American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. The show presents a series of different and unrelated stories. It is popular for combining different genres like psychological thriller, science fiction, horror, drama, fantasy, and suspense. Most stories are focused on ordinary characters who all of a sudden find themselves in supernatural and other extraordinary situations. The show often ends up with an unexpected, ironic, or chilling twist that shows the guilty character being punished.
The popularity of the show led to a radio series, a magazine, a comic book, and a feature film. It stars Robert McCord, Vaughn Taylor, Jay Overholts, and Sterling himself.
6. Freaks and Geeks
Freaks and Geeks is a 1999 American teen comedy and drama television series produced by Judd Apatow and Paul Feig. Feig was the creator of the show. This 60-minute series follows two unique groups of teenagers as they deal with high school life in the 80’s. It stars Samm Levine, Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, and James Franco.
5. Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks is a 1990 American television serial drama created by David Lynch and Mark Frost. The story revolves around the character of an eccentric Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent named Dale Cooper, played by Kyle MacLachlan. Cooper investigates the murder of the young homecoming queen named Laura Palmer, played by Sheryl Lee, in the even more eccentric town of Twin Peaks. The story is set in a small and fictional town in Washington. Apart from MacLachlan and Lee, Twin Peaks also stars Michael Ontkean, Dana Ashbrook, and Madchen Amick.
Firefly is a 2002 American space western drama television series created by Joss Whedon. The show is set in the year 2517 or 500 years into the future. It follows the lives of the renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft called Serenity as they try to survive while traveling to unknown parts of the galaxy and evading the authority agents out to get them coupled with some warring factions. The story takes place after the arrival of humans in a new star system. In the show, the United States and China are the only remaining superpowers and they joined forces to form Alliance, a central federal government, which results in the merger of the two cultures. It stars Morena Baccarin, Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, and Gina Torres.
3. Arrested Development
Arrested Development is a 2003 American television sitcom series created by Mitchell Hurwitz. It originally aired on Fox until 2006. In May this year, Netflix released the fourth season of the series.
The story revolves around the life of the fictitious, formerly rich, yet habitually dysfunctional and spoiled Bluth family. The level-headed son, Michael Bluth, takes over the family affairs after his father was imprisoned. Unfortunately, his crazy family is making his job unbearable. This 30-minute show is presented in a continuous format with handheld camera work, archival photos, historical footage, and narration. It stars Portia de Rossi, Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Michael Cera.
Sherlock is a 2010 British television crime drama series that shows a contemporary and modern update of the Sherlock Holmes detective stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This 90-minute show revolves around the story of consulting detective Holmes and his assistant and flat mate, Dr. John Watson, as they assist the Metropolitan Service in solving different 21st century crimes in London. A recurring feature in the show is Holmes’ archenemy, Jim Moriarty. It stars Rupert Graves, Benedict Cumberbatch, Una Stubbs, and Martin Freeman.
1. Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad is a 2008 American television crime drama series produced and created by Vince Gilligan. This 45-minute show set in Albuquerque, New Mexico revolves around the story of Walter White, a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with an incurable and inoperable lung cancer. To provide for his family’s future before he dies, he teams up with his former student, Jesse Pinkman, to cook and sell the world’s purest crystal methamphetamine. It stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris and Anna Gunn.